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Thom Loverro

Articles by Thom Loverro

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo watches during a spring training baseball workout, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Rizzo truly the architect of NL East champion Nationals

The Nats won the division title going away without a .300 hitter, a 15-game winner, a 25-home run hitter or a 100-RBI man. They won it with a rookie manager who lost his biggest bats in the opening weeks of the season, and has been without one of the team's best players for much of the year. They won because of a group of Mike Rizzo moments. Published September 18, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) sits with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

LOVERRO: A Redskins QB controversy worth cheering for

Three years ago, the quarterback controversy was Rex Grossman vs. John Beck. Think about that one. What other town could possibly get worked up about Rex Grossman vs. John Beck? At least now the debate is about better quarterbacks. Published September 16, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is attended to on the sideline after getting injured in the first quarteras the Washington Redskins play the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: With RG3 injury, mixed emotions for Redskins

It was almost like an Irish wake Sunday at FedEx Field. Everyone was celebrating and hugging each other — on the Redskins sideline and in the stands — as the clock wound down on Washington's impressive 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Yet perhaps we had witnessed the end of Robert Griffin III's career as a Redskin. Published September 14, 2014

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. The Ravens have cut Ray Rice. Hours after the release of a video that appears to show Rice striking his then-fiancee in February, the team terminated his contract Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) (credit)

LOVERRO: NFL, Ravens shouldn't have needed video to hold Rice accountable

The NFL — which now has suspended Rice "indefinitely" — is claiming that Rice wasn't honest with them about the details surrounding the incident, but what exactly did it think happened when the initial video showed him dragging his fiance out of the elevator? Published September 8, 2014

Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III (10) lies on the turf after he was sacked for a loss by Houston Texans' J.J. Watt during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

LOVERRO: Something is missing for RG3 in rough Redskins opener

Is this what it has come to for Griffin — not losing the game instead of trying to win it? One of the problems in Griffin's so-called development is his mentality of trying to win the game on every play. Well, they drummed that out of him. Published September 7, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks with Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden at the start of the 2nd quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Cleveland Browns in NFL preseason football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, August 18, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Redskins will see a pair of high-profile debuts Sunday

Gruden is coaching against what seems to be destiny here — failure. He can win Sunday against the Texans, and the destiny will still be there, hanging over him like every coach who came before him since the glory days of Joe Gibbs' first time around. Published September 4, 2014

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams talks withe the news media before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Matt Williams has earned hard look for Manager of Year honors

Washington was picked by many observers to be one of the NL playoff favorites going into the season. But the burdens put on Williams shoulders to get this Nationals team where it is now — with one of the best records in the NL, comfortably on top of the division — put him right there. Published August 28, 2014

Washington Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III (left) and head coach Jay Gruden (right) on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their pre-season game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won the game 23-17. (Pete Marovich Special to The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Redskins' take on ice bucket challenge can leave fans cold

When your team looks bad in the third game of the preseason — like the Redskins did against the Ravens Saturday night — you take the bucket of ice, pour it over your head, and remember, "It's preseason. It doesn't mean anything. This team went 4-0 last preseason and wound up going 3-13." Published August 24, 2014

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon, right, douses teammate Denard Span after Span scored the winning run on a throwing error by Arizona Diamondback third baseman Jordan Pacheco during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 1-0. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Walk-off wonders: Nationals show heart with late-inning dramatics

While the Redskins pass time by playing out the NFL's pretend portion of the football schedule, the Nationals have captured Washington's attention by winning. Winning every game. Winning games that they seemed intent on losing, in the nightly drama that has played out at Nationals Park. Published August 21, 2014

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) in the first quarter at FedEx Field, Aug. 18, 2014. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Johnny Football, RG3 have plenty to work on, from stupidity to survival

Browns cornerback Joe Haden — who hails from Prince George's County — told reporters after the game that abuse Johnny Football was taking was some of the "worst things you could ever imagine, from everybody, their players, their fans." Seriously? What did he face when he played for Texas A&M — choir boys? Published August 19, 2014

Pennsylvania's  Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Pennsylvania won 4-0 with Davis pitching a complete game two-hit shutout. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

LOVERRO: Original 'Queen of Baseball' would root for Mo'Ne Davis

Only 18 girls have ever played in the Little League World Series, and just four of them have been American. So now we celebrate the return of young girls — and maybe women — to the game of baseball with boys and perhaps men as if it is breaking new ground. It is, though, a return. Published August 17, 2014

**FILE** Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, right, talks with Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, left, after the MLB owners meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz., Thursday Jan. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Aaron J. Latham

LOVERRO: As Bud Selig exits, D.C. should be thankful for his work

Baseball named a new commissioner Thursday to succeed Bud Selig, who can now at least continue his farewell tour knowing that his hand-picked successor, Rob Manfred, is in place. When he comes to Washington as part of that tour, the city should hold a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in his honor. Published August 14, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) walks the sideline after being taken out of the game in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the New England Patriots in NFL preseason football at FedExField, Landover, Md.,  Thursday, August 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: As 3rd NFL season nears, 'hopefully' RG3 is 'making progress'

Progress from what, exactly? The quarterback who threw 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions in his record-breaking rookie season? The one who played on one leg last year, with just one receiver and an offensive line that leaked like a sieve, still managed to throw 16 touchdown passes and 3,200 yards in 13 games? Published August 12, 2014

Nationals owners Ted and Mark Lerner take in the atmosphere after Washington clinched the National League East Division title at Nationals Park on Monday night. Ted Lerner became the managing principal owner of the franchise in May 2006. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Will Nats-Orioles MASN dispute keep All-Stars away?

The Washington Nationals have been pushing hard to host the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star game. And as of the All-Star game in July in Minneapolis, it looked as if it was going to happen. Washington's competition for the 2017 games is one of the cities lobbying to host the 2016 All-Star game — Baltimore. Published August 10, 2014